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Letter: West Kendall doesn’t want to be a city


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To submit your letter, email or write Soapbox, c/o Neighbors, 3511 NW 91st Avenue, Miami, Fla., 33172. Fax: 305-376-5287. Letters must address a specific LOCAL issue and must be signed with a name, city or neighborhood, as well as a telephone number for verification purposes. Letters more than 350 words will not be accepted, and writers are limited to one letter every four weeks. Letters will run as space allows and may be edited for length, style and clarity. The deadline for letters is noon Wednesday.

After reading about the arrests of the mayors of Sweetwater, Miami Lakes and now Homestead, the battle over who is the real mayor of North Miami, the police chief suing South Miami, the city of Miami under SEC investigation, and the higher tax rates for residents in several cities, I am very happy in our unincorporated area. Or I was happy until Miami-Dade County commissioners Juan C. Zapata and Dennis Moss went ahead and created municipal advisory committees to study the issue of incorporating West Kendall/South Kendall without getting petitions from residents as required by the county charter. They waived that requirement in an effort to push this unwanted issue, even though the majority of residents over the past eight years have said “no” to this insane effort.

Ironically, Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi, Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño and Zapata sit on the Incorporation Task Force. Pizzi earned $192,000 as the city attorney for Medley while being mayor of Miami Lakes and Mayor Maroño had his wife working in Sweetwater earning $75,000 while he earned $95,000 a year. Mayor Bateman was earning $125 an hour without reporting it. This is what happens when people allow these cities to be birthed. The county is monitored by the Miami Herald, the Inspector General. Cities are small and thus do not have any entities to watch over them carefully.

Cities have higher tax rates than unincorporated areas. Supporters say incorporation will mean more police and more zoning control.

But more police does not equal more protection. Just look at the cities of Miami and Miami Gardens. Higher taxes are not the answer.

As for more zoning and building control, the cities promote more building than even the county! They overbuild because those developers get into those small councils and start promising a higher tax base and other perks.

Shame on commissioners Zapata and Moss for trying to pull one over us. We don’t have to incorporate or be annexed. If anyone wants to join up in this effort to keep our area free from more politicians and their salaries, please e-mail me at

Jessica Carter, West Kendall

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